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College Profile: The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More

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The Idea of the College
The founders of the College loved ideas, books, and teaching, and believed that the great tradition of humane letters is a gift to be studied, cherished, and handed on from generation to generation. They believed that the highest truths, revealed by God, were the matrix of good learning, stabilizing and enriching the essential study of poetry, philosophy, the classical languages, history and mathematics. The study of these natural disciplines with the study of theology forms a Christian classicism that has been the intellectual heart of our civilization for seventeen centuries, and because these studies are the very form of the knowing intellect and hence of the person, they have a perennial significance.

From the beginning, teaching and learning in the College have been informed by the interaction of the College List of Texts and teaching and learning in the disciplines, each discipline being presented through courses in which lectures, conversation, and student presentations play a part.

In the beginning, when the College was founded as the Saint Thomas More Institute in 1981, its teaching and learning activities were carried on in living rooms and hospital corridors. Our campus in the Merida-Bowie-Lubbock Streets block of Fort Worth was acquired beginning in 1985. The body of Fellows grew from the original founders to, typically, eight or nine; the students sharing in studies grew from eight to fifty-five, but the idea and the work of the College has remained unchanged: the teaching of the liberal arts in a way that makes the lives of the Fellows and students an adventure in the best of learning, that lifts up the heart to truth, and makes possible a genuinely good life in this time and place that God has given.

The Mission of the College
The College of Saint Thomas More is an academic fellowship, faithful to the teaching and intellectual tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, sponsored and supported by its Board of Visitors, whose members represent learning in the Liberal Arts through their teaching and writing; invite into their company appropriately prepared students, both baccalaureate and occasional; who wish to share in this kind of learning; and guide them in attaining the educational objectives of the liberal arts curriculum through mastery and interpretation of the texts and ideas it represents. In addition to the formal learning proposed by its four-year curriculum, the College serves the metropolitan community by offering informal opportunities for learning in the liberal arts.

Through its unified, four-year curriculum the College affords students the opportunity to use the tradition of Western thought to build for themselves morally and intellectually significant lives and careers in a world in which the unvarying themes of human nature and experience engage an ever-changing technical and cultural context; gives students who complete the curriculum satisfactorily the scholarly competence that will enable them to pursue those professional or graduate studies for which the curriculum is appropriate undergraduate preparation; and seeks to encourage habits and provide opportunities that will make learning a lifetime vocation for its alumni.

In support of these purposes the College seeks and admits into its community students who share the goals of liberal learning, provides an opportunity for alumni and benefactors to share its work through their generosity, and maintains a Chapel, a library, an appropriate campus, and appropriate support services.

Research and evaluation that will gauge the success of the College and enable it to achieve its purpose more effectively year by year through carefully considered improvements are integral to the mission of the college

The College of St. Thomas More is one of only 21 Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The Guide, published by The Cardinal Newman Society in November 2007, recognizes those institutions which are most faithful to their Catholic identity. The colleges are grouped into three categories, and The College of St. Thomas More is identified in the first tier of eight "Joyfully Catholic" institutions; these are schools whose embrace of Ex corde Ecclesiae and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church informs every aspect of campus life.
3020 Lubbock
Fort Worth, TX
817-923-8459 (general)
817-923-8459 (financial aid)
817-923-8459 (admissions)


General Information
Other Names Fisher More College
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size Under 1,000
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Not currently participating in Title IV, has an OPE ID number
Relgious Affiliation Roman Catholic

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
No Employment services for studentsNo Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCNo Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Neither required nor recommended

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Student Body
77 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
4 Fall Applicants24 Total Dormitory Capacity
4 Fall Admissions

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College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateNo One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
No Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

All Academic Programs
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